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“Black Privilege” by Crystal Valentine (2015 CUPSI) July 16, 2015

  
  

  
  

 

Muslim Groups Give $100,000 To Help Detroiters Without Water, Say It’s ‘Part Of Our Faith To Help’ January 9, 2015

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Muslim Groups Give $100,000 To Help Detroiters Without Water, Say It's 'Part Of Our Faith To Help'.

 

Shanesha Taylor, Homeless Single Mom, Arrested After Leaving Kids In Car While On Job Interview March 29, 2014

Shanesha Taylor, Homeless Single Mom, Arrested After Leaving Kids In Car While On Job Interview.

 

THIS April 15, 2013

   

PATON OSWALT

   

NOTE: And there were still a-holes who were complaining about his lack of “conversational skills” and writing ability just because he resorted to using a curse word. #SMDH

   

 

New World Rules March 25, 2013

   

The Fresh Ten

   

Recent events have made it clear that we are suffering from a broken moral compass.  People today could use some general guidance.

   

Since the original ten commandments seem somewhat narrow and obsolete (too much focus on livestock, servants, and jealous god issues), here is a modest first draft of a fresh set. 

   

  1. You shall treat all people with respect regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or national origin.

 

Read the rest here

   

 

RIP Ray Bradbury June 6, 2012

   

   

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury …

Author Ray Bradbury dies, aged 91

Author Ray Bradbury has died in California

Ray Bradbury official website

Ray Bradbury on wiki

Ray Bradbury on IMDB

Ray Bradbury at Amazon

   

 

#MovieQuote “The Great Dictator” October 19, 2011

   

“This is a story of a period between two World Wars — an interim in which insanity cut loose. Liberty took a nose dive, and humanity was kicked around somewhat.”

 

Schulz: Speak – it is our only hope.

 


 

The Jewish Barber (Charlie Chaplin’s character): Hope… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.

 

We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

 

The way of life can be free and beautiful.

 

But we have lost the way.

 

Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

 

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.


The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.

 

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish…

 

Soldiers – don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.

 

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers – don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

 

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written “the kingdom of God is within man ” – not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you, the people.

 

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

 

Soldiers – in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

 

Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting – the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.

 

The soul of man has been given wings – and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope – into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up.”

 


 

Updated vision

   

Original Version

   

   

 

Life’s That Way by Jim Beaver – Review July 29, 2010

How do you recommend a book that details one man’s gut-wrenching experience in grief and loss? Whole-heartedly, unreservedly.

 

After years of trying, Jim Beaver, actor and film historian and his wife Cecily, are blessed with a beautiful daughter. Soon after learning their young daughter Madeline is autistic, Cecily is diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. “Life’s That Way” is presented, as it happened, in a series of emotional posts to friends, family and eventually, a multitude on concerned and engrossed strangers, about the initial diagnosis, treatment and untimely death of his beloved wife, Cecily Adams, to lung cancer.

 

I was a little nervous reading this – I thought it would just be too sad, depressing and personal to read about a dying woman. I was wrong. There is of course, great sadness – in the passing of one so young, one so loved and giving. But this book is one of the most beautiful, loving and ultimately uplifting ‘stories’ I’ve ever been honored enough to know of.

 

Mr. Beaver’s bracing honesty and raw emotion will make you cry. But you’ll also learn and laugh and marvel at the beauty of this love story between Jim, his wife and beautiful daughter Madeline Rose.


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